Lack of standardization in the additive manufacturing industry is holding back wider adoption of 3D printing end user parts in the medical and aerospace sectors.


“In the wider world beyond 3D printing, several organizations exist to promote such technical standards and to enhance product safety, reliability and quality. The largest of these, the International Standards Organization (ISO), was founded in 1947,  has members from 162 countries and operates in almost 200 countries. The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) predates the ISO and was founded in 1898. Initially an organization focusing on the U.S., in 2001 the name was changed to ASTM International and the group now develops and promotes technical standards in almost 150 countries.  ISO and ASTM International have banded together and developed the Additive Manufacturing Development Structure (AMDS), that will aim to provide technical standards across the board.” – Katie Armstrong /